Black Lives, White Law - Russell Marks


Indigenous Australians are the most incarcerated people on the planet. Indigenous men are fifteen times more likely to be locked up than their non-Indigenous counterparts; Indigenous women are twenty-one times more likely.

Featuring vivid case studies and drawing on a deep sense of history, Black Lives, White Law explores Australia's deplorable record of locking up First Nations people. It examines Australia's system of criminal justice - the web of laws and courts and police and prisons - and how that system interacts with First Nations peoples and communities. How is it that so many are locked up? Why have imprisonment rates increased in recent years? Is this situation fair? Almost everyone agrees that it's not. And yet it keeps getting worse.

In this groundbreaking book, Russell Marks investigates Australia's incarceration epidemic. What do we see if the institutions of Australian justice receive the same scrutiny they routinely apply to Indigenous Australians?


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